Purchased some spare parts for our Sea Land VacuFlush system

End of October 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico

Sea Land VacuFlush 385310954 ball-shaft-kit with spring cartridge.

The round part with the black face has a spring in it. We had a spare kit but the spring broke on our installed part so we used the spare from the kit. We cannot buy just the spring part but an extra kit is always worth having. Next summer we will get a spare motor and some other parts that rarely break but if they do then oh boy. Not enough extra $$ this summer for those parts. This year the waste system has not been used for the last six months. So no wear-tear on the system. We are missing home though and want to be putting some wear on the system :)

From Chatsworth (LA) house sit to Palm Springs house sit

Middle of September 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlán, Mexico

We just left house sitting in Cathedral City (Palm Springs) CA.

 No humidity but it is pretty warm :) Luckily the house is modern (golf course living) with great AC.
 It is nice and cool at night and all night till about 10:00 am then it starts getting warm.

Our car.

Debbie and Peanut.

Looking out the back yard at the mountains.

A happy "Peanut" :) She likes to be touching you some were.

"Peanut" with the ball :) Come play with me!

We have never seen a dozen Hawks flying
at one time together but here they are!

The home owner "Brice" asked us to hang this picture centered this way and that so we did. Also he wanted a table cloth pad custom cut and fit so we did that also. Another item was the toilet we were using broke so we went to Home Depot and got some parts and fixed it. All went well!

We were going to sell our car here and then fly out to Mazatlán from the Palm Springs airport but we got a call from Linda in SanMarcos in San Diego who wanted us to come back for another house sit.
We decided that would work out good because of a few things.
First we thought selling the car in San Diego would be easier because there is a bigger audience and we would have a bit more time.
 Also, the weather would more-then-likely have changed from the summer high humidly to the nice winter weather in Mazatlán. Also, financially it would work out better for us. For one thing, we could fly out of TJ in Mexico so our air fare would be less.
So it looks like we will get back home the 22nd of November! Exactly six months from the time we left!
That happened before to us. We sailed out of Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay and cruised the Mexican Rivera south for six months to the day. We anchored out continually for the six months, only spending three days in a marina to do some anchor rode repair. We got back to Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay six months to the day we left!

From San Marcos (San Diego) to Chatsworth (LA) house sit

Middle of October 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico

We were staying in one of these townhouses.

This was a good place to recover from my hip surgery. All the niceties of a house. 
Like all the house sits, it has modern appliances, A/C, washer/dryer etc.

There were good walking trails around and it was mostly up and down hills 
so the walking helped me heal up. We were doing 2 1/2 mile walks
 in the morning and shorter ones at night.

We left our house sit in San Marcos, CA and went to the next one which was back in Chatsworth, CA.  We, at this point, are ready to go home (back to our sail boat s\v Elegant’sea in Mexico) but we do have one more house sit to go to. The next one is for about two weeks in Palm Springs, CA. There, we will sell our car and at the end of the sit will fly back to Mazatlan. This whole trip to the US has been a resounding success!  We had saved up all winter while at anchor at various places around the Mexican Rivera and came to the US with a place to stay for two weeks or so and ended up staying for five months for free and buying the used car to get around in. Getting a new hip for me was our goal and it was more then met by the VA! 

Of course, we do not know what next summer looks like but… now I think I know what I would/might like it to look like - say a few months in the US visiting (while house sitting) and some purchasing? Then a month or so in the mountains of Mexico house sitting and apartment\condo rental (it is low season in Summer). Then a couple months at a condo by the boat (summer rates)?

We will purchase a Mexican-plated car next summer with nice A/C etc. We need to have a car with Mexican plates as we live on the mainland and we are “Permanent Residents” of Mexico.  That's the law and we do not want to bend or break the law here.

The rest of the non-hurricane season we, of course, will be cruising!

 Ad pictures for selling the car.  We spent a couple of days cleaning it up.

Harley and Sam were less than excited about the car cleaning.

In Chatsworth (LA) Debbie cleaning the trunk.

After playing ball the boys were hot and tired :)

Beta diesel engine antifreeze change made easier

Beginning of October 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico
  The way we currently have to drain the antifreeze from our Beta 38 hp diesel engine is not good for the engine hose.
We now need to disconnect the special hose that is connected from the heat exchanger to the water pump. This will wear out this hose at the connection point where we continually remove it and re-connect it.
Here we have purchased:
  • Two 3/4 to 5/8 hose barbs (129-1012 5/8X3/4 Male Hose Barb)
  • One 3/4 “T” (3/4 BRZ Tee)
  • Two threaded 3/4 pipe (¾ X Close BR. Nibble)
  • And one 3/4 pipe cap (3/4 BRZ Cap)
  • 4 hose clamps (SCI #8)
 We are thinking we have an extra 3/4 inch valve at the boat to put in between the two threaded 3/4 pipe pieces and then have the cap as yet an extra safety stop.
 Each year we need to drain the antifreeze and remove the heat exchange stack tube, cleaning it and replacing the “O” rings from the Beta 38 hp diesel engine as per the maintenance manual.  We want to make this easier.
The accumulator tank and hot water heater are in the cabinet above the engine to the left (port) next to the Mermaid Marine Air that you can see.
We have an accumulator tank as our hot water (antifreeze) is plumbed through the hot water heater so we get hot water when running the engine. That means the pet-cock on the side of the motor does not drain all the antifreeze from the motor. There is a lot left to drain out. To make this a simple thing to do we want to install a drain on the starboard heater hose coming from the accumulator tank and going to the motor. A picture or two while doing this project later will explain it a lot. We purchased these parts at Marine Exchange when we were in San Diego. It is near impossible to find a 3/4 to 5/8 bronze hose barb in Mexico. Plus, we have an account at Marie Exchange making the pricing way better then Mexico for this kind of boat thing. This will be below the water line and we use double hose clamps for that.